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Keeping Time

The DuBose family has called Vero Beach home for six generations

An antique DuBose Jewelry truck on display outside the store’s branch in the old Vero Mall, located at the corner of 12th Street and U.S. 1.

An antique DuBose Jewelry truck on display outside the store’s branch in the old Vero Mall, located at the corner of 12th Street and U.S. 1.

It’s early on a Saturday morning, and for the past three hours Mike DuBose, his son Todd and Todd’s wife, Tonya, have been culling through boxes filled with photographs, looking for just the right ones to take their places on oversize poster boards. Whether in color or black and white doesn’t matter; what does matter is that the images best document the DuBose family history.

Since earlier in the year when they learned they were to be honored as the Vero Heritage 2018 Pioneer Family, the industrious trio and other family members have been gathering memorabilia to display at the Heritage Center, where, on the last Saturday in April, the story of how Dr. J.C. DuBose and his descendants have helped shape our city and county’s past, present and future would be told.

When the day arrived, more than 200 friends, family and local dignitaries attended the standing-room-only Pioneer Dinner, an annual event that celebrates the significant contributions early settlers have made to our community. The event is also a major fundraiser for Vero Heritage.

“It’s not just a pat on the back, it’s a real honor, and we get a look at what Vero was like in the early days,” says Alex Soares, who heads up the nonprofit organization. “The great thing is that the families do a presentation of their history that educates us as to what life was like so many years ago.”